Cambridge University

Echoes of Tom Brown’s School Days: Rabbits, by Hugo Rifkind, reviewed

6 July 2024 9:00 am

When 16-year-old Tommo moves to an elite, brutish boarding school, he longs to fit in and even manages to join the inner circle. But can he ever really become ‘one of them’?

Cowards vs culture

22 June 2024 9:00 am

For some while I have marvelled at the way in which artworks seem to have become the focus of hatred…

Fame came too late for Nick Drake

24 June 2023 9:00 am

The singer-songwriter deserved to be far better known in his lifetime – but reticence and mental illness contributed to his tragically early death in 1974

Revealed: Huawei's Oxbridge millions

30 December 2021 8:15 pm

British universities have received twice as much funding from Huawei as previous estimates suggest, according to new figures obtained by The Spectator.…

Braverman's brush with the law

26 December 2021 9:20 pm

Ah student politics: is there anything quite like it? The strange creatures it attracts, the passions it unleashes, the adolescent…

Cambridge’s hysterical reaction to a Hitler impression

10 November 2021 10:55 pm

Last week, the Cambridge Union hosted a debate on the motion ‘This House Believes there is no such thing as…

National Trust members fight back

6 November 2021 9:00 am

At the National Trust’s annual general meeting last week, the voting was much more unusual than the public will have…

Why Jesus College shouldn’t have returned its Benin bronze

28 October 2021 5:23 am

Jesus College Cambridge can claim a world first. It is the first institution, at least in the twenty-first century, to…

Cambridge comes unstuck on Winnie the Pooh

29 March 2021 9:14 pm

Oh dear. Over the weekend, Cambridge University’s Twitter account celebrated the graduation of its most recent cohort with some pearls…

Will social kisses survive Covid?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

There is a ‘pervasive presence of Chinese military-linked conglomerates and universities in the sponsorship of high-technology research centres in many…

Will Samuel Pepys be cancelled next?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

A seemingly obscure battle in an ecclesiastical court could threaten the security of every historic monument in the care of…

The trans debate could cost this Cambridge porter his job

27 October 2020 7:28 pm

This is a story about a man called Kevin Price, who was until last week a councillor and who is,…

Jesus College’s China problem

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Although Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, is committed to openness, it is a struggle to get information out of…

Now Gladstone must fall?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

There are far more Chinese students in British universities than there are from the entire Commonwealth. Many universities have been…

Will Cambridge University finally stand up for free speech?

27 June 2020 2:35 am

When Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a University of Cambridge academic, tweeted ‘White lives don’t matter’ and ‘Abolish whiteness’ in response to…

The grand names on Huawei’s payroll

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Why is it wrong, some ask, for senior British businessmen, former civil servants etc to work for Huawei UK? After…

What is Dominic Raab not telling us about Hong Kong?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The government’s promised ‘pathway to citizenship’ to Hong Kong people is wonderful, but has the Foreign Office arranged a get-out…

No blues, just reds and whites: the Oxford vs Cambridge wine-tasting

14 March 2020 9:00 am

The cellar room is almost silent save for the sound of slurping and spitting and the odd gentle sigh. One…

Why is there more intellectual freedom in Bucharest than Cambridge?

26 November 2019 7:00 pm

‘You can talk about anything you like,’ said Radu, a young Romanian academic when he invited me to a conference…

Anglo-Saxons deserve reparations for the Norman Conquest

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Restorative justice for the victims of colonialism is an idea whose time has come. A few years ago, the Indian…

Joan Bakewell: on socks, fridge magnets, teddy bears and such stuff

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I don’t know if this counts as name-dropping, but I recently interviewed a boyhood friend of Elvis Presley’s in Tupelo,…

If you want an argument against state-school-only Oxbridge colleges, just look at me

29 November 2014 9:00 am

I read with some interest the proposal for Oxford and Cambridge to set up state-school-only colleges in the Guardian this…

Letters: Sir Peter Lampl replies to Charles Moore, and the memories of a wasteful GP

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Medical waste Sir: Susan Hill’s article (‘Patient, heal thyself’, 29 June) dealt only with the unnecessary visits to GPs for…